Heating Assistance Forum To Be Held Nov. 6 For Nonprofits | Www.leominsterchamp.com | Leominster Champion

6 for nonprofits Unitil and United Way of North Central Massachusetts are hosting a heating assistance forum for local nonprofit organizations Thursday, Nov. 6 at the Colonial Hotel in Gardner. This is the 14th year that the event has been held. Heating assistance and energy efficiency programs are reviewed in detail. This is a great way to get the most recent heating assistance program information to local front-line agencies, Alec OMeara, media relations manager for Unitil said. With electric supply rates up throughout New England this winter, it will be crucial for these agencies to have the best information available on how to assist customers. Nonprofit agencies interested in attending the event, which starts at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 6, should RSVP to United Way of North Central Massachusetts at (978) 345-1577 or maribeth@uwncm.org . Unitil provides electric service to Ashby, Fitchburg, Lunenburg and Townsend, and natural gas service to those communities, as well as Gardner and Westminster.
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Environmental Control in a Data Center

When dealing with computers in a data center, environmental control is different from how the world knows it. It does not involve reforestation and waste management. Instead, this practice is aimed at keeping only the environment inside a data center to protect its content. Unlike other typical equipment, computers and servers normally found in this place are vulnerable to extreme changes in temperature. Thus, environmental control is necessary.

 

A computer consumes significant amount of electricity as it runs. Because electricity produces heat, consuming much of it will quickly increase the temperature of the computer’s operating system, which eventually turns into exhaust. For a single computer, this may not be a significant problem. But for multiple computers continuously running in one place such as in a data center, this is a huge concern. Therefore, heat must be controlled to prevent its effect on the efficiency of the information system.

 

Certain computer components have low heat tolerance and can easily break when exposed to sudden temperature changes. A central processing unit can easily overheat and malfunction. The same principle applies to cars breaking down after overheating. On the other hand, if the temperature drops as quickly, moisture can build up inside the computer parts and cause oxidation, which can lead to corrosion of micro-components.  

 

It is vital for a data center to have a well-designed and maintained heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system for its efficient operation. Controlling the air temperature eventually reduces heat and humidity that will rid the equipment of early breakage. Depending on the size of the facility keeping the data center knowledge and the HVAC system installed, humidity must be kept at 45 to 55 percent, while temperature must be between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius.

 

These temperature and humidity levels are neither too cold nor too hot for internal components to begin to sweat and corrode. The goal is to maintain a fair temperature that will keep the computer and its components properly functioning. An environment control specialist who has the right data center knowledge must monitor the temperature regularly.

 

Natural ventilation is preferred in some occasios such as before winter season. Contemporary data centers even use economizer cool that taps air outside to provide the necessary ventilation in the data center. One with sufficient data center knowledge would even recommend shutting down once in a while to let them cool.

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Lg Electronics Champions Energy Efficient Technologies At 2014 Greenbuild Expo – Yahoo Finance

The LG Chromebase (22CV241) uses the speed, simplicity and security of the Chrome OS to power one device with an innovative space-saving design. LG Chromebase features a brilliant 21.5-inch widescreen Full HD IPS display along with 2GB of memory and 16GB of storage. Home Appliances To help make cooking easy and efficient for families using the community center, LG’s energy-efficient Over-the-Range microwave (LMVM2033) incorporates exceptional convenience features. Its sleek, intuitive SmoothTouch controls located on the front of the stylish glass door ensure the microwave looks just as good as the food you’re heating up. Its EasyClean interior resists stains and buildup, so cleaning doesn’t become a chore. Simply wipe away dirt and grime with a damp cloth, eliminating the need for harsh chemicals. As Greenbuild’s exclusive ENERGY STAR TV partner, LG is providing dozens of 60- and 55-inch class ENERGY STAR Most Efficient and 32-inch class ENERGY STAR certified LED HDTVs for use in high-profile locations throughout the show, from the Interactive Media Lounge to key locations for the U.S. Green Building Council events.
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Denver HVAC FAQ

The Denver Heating blog aims to give consumers the resources to make common heating and air conditioning decisions and maintenance.

Denver HVAC technicians will post stories and how-to’s for common heating problems.

What Size of Central Air System Do I Need?

Air conditioners are measured in “tons.” A 1-ton HVAC system is the equivalent of 12,000 BTU/H. Depending on the spatial layout of your home and the insulation quality of the house, you can expect every ton to cool between 300 and 800 square feet of space. Although tonnage estimates are good for initial pricing and product research, the only way to know for sure if the system is a good size is to have the home professionally evaluated by a Denver HVAC technician.

Does an Air Conditioner’s “SEER” Value Matter?

SEER stands for “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating.” Although some air conditioners have simple EER values, seasonal values are more accurate because they measure how efficiently a cooling system will operate over an entire season according to Energy Star, a service of the EPA and U.S. Department of Energy. SEER values are important because a more efficient air conditioner will waste less energy over time, leading to decreased electricity bills.When comparing central air conditioning units, look for a SEER rating of at least 15.

Is Central Heating better than installing a heat pump?

In terms of efficiency, water transfers energy at a much higher rate than air although radiant heat has been found to be more comfortable for the human body than warm air heating from a heat pump. A weak heat pump will generally only heat one room, using fan forced air, where as a central heating system can heat the whole house with a radiator system.

Why Have Your Air Ducts Professionally Cleaned?

Contaminants in your Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC) system can aggravate asthma and allergies. Duct Cleaning can help eliminate bacteria and fungus to improve the air quality in your home. Cleaning your air ducts can protect everyone in your home from breathing contaminated air. Cleaning your air duct system can help maintain a cleaner home, requiring less dusting. Cleaning your air duct system helps your HVAC system run more efficiently, resulting in less run time and lower heating and cooling bills. Cleaning your air duct system can also extend equipment life. You should consider having your ducts cleaned if there is substantial visible mold growth or any other physical contaminants inside sheet metal ductwork or on other components of your heating and cooling system.

What should I do if my Pilot Light goes out?

Pilot lights do go out occasionally. Some people even shut them off in the summer. Every homeowner should know how to light his or her pilot so you do not have to call a Denver HVAC technician. It isn’t too difficult and there are usually instructions printed on the equipment itself. Many of today’s systems don’t have a pilot light, they use spark or electronic ignition. Always follow the instructions on the appliance before anything else. Turn off furnace, boiler, or water heater at thermostat or power switch. Locate the gas valve and turn knob to “pilot” position. Hold down the red button, which sends gas to the pilot burner. At the same time hold match to pilot burner. Continue holding button for 60 seconds.Now let go of button, pilot should stay lit. If not, you need to call for service. Turn gas valve knob back to the “on” position.Turn on appliance, turn up thermostat, main gas should light. Remember to put back metal cover if your system had one. If your pilot light goes out more than once a season there could be a problem.

How often should I change my air filters?

For best performance of your system your air filters should be changed every three months although this depends on the conditions in your home. If you have to dust your furniture once a week then you should stick to the quarterly filter changes. You can tell when to change an air filter by inspecting the back side of the filter, any dirt or discoloration on the back side indicates the filter is fully loaded and is releasing dirt into the air stream.

Will a programmable thermostat really save me money?

Generally, as with anything, this depends on how it is used. The more you set the thermostat to adjust the temperature above or below your standard setting, especially when you expect to be out, the more you save. Adjusting the temperature just a couple of degrees while your sleeping will save you money alone but if your home is unoccupied during the day then the savings can be substantial. You can expect a basic programmable thermostat to pay for itself within the first year under the best circumstances and easily within two to three years in circumstances where the adjustments are minimal.

Furnace Repairs – Air Conditioner Repairs – HVAC Maintenace – HVAC Parts and Services

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Local And State Talking Points | The Collegian

Local Sheriffs Office investigating series of thefts A series of burglaries, property damage and theft are being investigated by the Pottawatomie Sheriffs Office, according to a Manhattan Mercury article. The crimes have taken place mostly in the central and northern parts of the county. In one incident that occurred sometime between Sept. 10 and Sept. 29, three chainsaws and two impact drivers were stolen near Martin and Watermill roads. The total estimated loss in that case was $2,800. Pottawatomie County Sheriff Greg Riat said in a press release that the incidents began sometime in early June. The department is currently investigating whether or not the series of thefts are related. The Sheriffs Office asks that anyone with information contact them at 785-457-3353.
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Ghoulish Foods Aren’t Just For Halloween | Albuquerque Journal News

This substance, sometimes labeled as confectioners glaze, can be found on shiny candies such as jelly beans and candy corn. Trick or treat!?! Castoreum is an FDA-approved food additive derived from the beaver anal sac gland and found in some ice cream and other vanilla, strawberry and raspberry-flavored foods. Vegetarians, beware: it is virtually impossible to determine its presence because it is labeled simply as natural flavoring on the ingredient label. However, it is a fairly expensive food additive and more frequently used in perfume than food.
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Ghoulish Foods Aren’t Just For Halloween | Albuquerque Journal News

This substance, sometimes labeled as confectioners glaze, can be found on shiny candies such as jelly beans and candy corn. Trick or treat!?! Castoreum is an FDA-approved food additive derived from the beaver anal sac gland and found in some ice cream and other vanilla, strawberry and raspberry-flavored foods. Vegetarians, beware: it is virtually impossible to determine its presence because it is labeled simply as natural flavoring on the ingredient label. However, it is a fairly expensive food additive and more frequently used in perfume than food.
For the original version of the article including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.abqjournal.com/479877/living/ghoulish-foods-arent-just-for-halloween.html